February 07, 2018

Five Ways to Build an Inclusive Playground No Matter Your Space or Budget

To help communities encourage play and recreation for people of all abilities, we've put together a handy list of five ways you can easily make your school or park playground more inclusive. You don't need a huge amount of space, and you don't need a massive budget. You can make an affordable inclusive playground for everyone in these 5 ways.

Five ways to make any playground more inclusive

1. Add Inclusive Swings

Zero-G Swing Seats are intended for kids ages 5 to 12 or 2 to 5. The swing seats feature high backs, arms rests, and a locking front harness to provide extra support for children who need it. It allows all children to swing together on the playground, and at less than $500 a seat, this is perfect project for a PTA or PTO that wants to raise money quickly to make a playground more inclusive.

Zero G Swing Seats are Affordable and Inclusive

2. Engage the Senses

There are five different models of Sensory Wave Climbers, though the most popular one is the Sensory Wave Arch. We've created a smorgasborg of auditory, visual, or tactile sensors -- including sensors with adaptive switch technology. These climbers feature hand holds and grip areas to make it easy to move throughout. The front-reach design makes it easy for people using a mobility device to interact with the sensors. It's the only climber of its kind and it only requires about 400 square feet to install!

Sensory Wave Arch is an inclusive climber that encourages sensory play

3. Provide Cozy Spaces

These little nooks/climbers are a great way to a) provide sensory relief on the playground, b) create a social gathering spot, or c) offer an area for children to observe play before deciding to join in. All of these elements are really important when planning an inclusive playground, and the Sensory Cove Climbers provide all three in two different compact and affordable styles.

Sensory Cover Climber is the perfect place for children to rest and observe lplay

4. Add an Inlcusive Merry-Go-Round

This inclusive merry-go-round is still one of our favorite inclusive playground activities. The seats are just the right height for people who use a mobility device to transfer into the Merry-Go-All. The forward-facing design allows users to see one another during play (social interaction!) and the center post is stationary so users can turn themselves -- or someone can spend the whirl from the outside.

5. Affordable Inclusive Spinning

This little seat is the most fun you can have in the smallest possible space and it's packed with inclusive play benefits. The high-back seat and slight arm rails provide additional trunk support and it's available with an optional five-point harness. When we debuted this spinning seat at a playground here in Chattanooga, there was a perpetual line -- kids just could not get enough of it. The seat is at transfer height and since it requires another person to spin the seat, it automatically creates opportunities for social and cooperative play. Hellooo, inclusion!

Inclusion Can Be Affordable

You don't have to have tons of space or a massive budget to build an inclusive play environment. With a little planning and a little thought, you can create an afforable and inclusive play space. If you're ready to make your playground more inclusive, contact the GameTime inclusive play expert in your neighborhood.